|Publication number||US8096320 B2|
|Application number||US 11/986,674|
|Publication date||Jan 17, 2012|
|Filing date||Nov 21, 2007|
|Priority date||Nov 21, 2007|
|Also published as||EP2222996A1, EP2222996A4, EP2222996B1, US20090126799, WO2009067574A1|
|Publication number||11986674, 986674, US 8096320 B2, US 8096320B2, US-B2-8096320, US8096320 B2, US8096320B2|
|Inventors||Klaus Reitter, Gerard K. Caldwell, Jon Byrd|
|Original Assignee||Itt Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (22), Classifications (12), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for regulating the pressure in order to control the flow of a fluid, such as water/syrup.
2. Brief Description of Related Art
There are known pressure regulators that are mainly used to control water or beverage syrup flow in various pressures ranging from 15 PSI to 40 PSI. The devices typically consist of a body member with internal components to control pressure, i.e. springs, rubber membranes, restrictors, Etc. Both ends usually have a hose connection or a hose barb fitting. Water or syrup flow is controlled to the desired flow with a matching internal spring.
Other devices known in the art include the following:
U.S. Pat. No. 3,601,361 discloses a hose coupling having a sleeve shaped like a female engaging a male conduit structurally similar for coupling two pieces of a garden hose or the like together.
U.S. Pat. No. 4,819,908 discloses a quick connect fluid coupling having a closed position and an open position based in the insertion of the male part into the female part housing. The male part is engaged in the female part housing by spring metal retainer.
U.S. Pat. No. 5,263,508 discloses a sewer line trap charging valve for use in charging water into sewer line water traps to prevent the escape of gas, having an elongated shaft rotatably and frictionally mounted in a sleeve in working engagement with an annular groove.
U.S. Patent No. 6,026,850 discloses a pressure regulating valve that operates to allow fluid flow if the pressure is maintained at a minimum pressure level, having a modulation device with a diaphragm that modulates the size of the port for allowing fluid flow based on the fluid pressure. In contrast, the pressure regulator being used in conjunction with the present invention set forth herein is configured to prevent fluid pressure from exceeding a certain level.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,374,852 discloses a leak arresting valve that regulates flow between a minimum and maximum flow, having biasing elements for biasing a telescoping poppet between inlet and outlet members to close or partially close a fluid inlet.
In view of this, there is a need in the industry to solve this problem.
The present invention provides a new and unique pressure regulator featuring a body member for regulating the pressure of a fluid flowing therein, the body member having two ends, one end for receiving the fluid and another end for providing pressure regulated fluid; and a quick-disconnect device arranged on at least one end for coupling the body member to a corresponding quick-disconnect device that forms part of a device that either provides the fluid or receives the pressure regulated fluid.
Other features of the present invention include cone or more of the following: the pressure regulator having two quick-disconnect devices, each quick-disconnect device being arranged on a respective end of the body member; the quick-disconnect device being a male quick-disconnect device for coupling to a corresponding female quick-disconnect device that forms part of either a hose or a dispenser for providing the fluid or a pump for receiving the pressure regulated fluid; the quick-disconnect device being a female quick-disconnect device for coupling to a corresponding male quick-disconnect device that forms part of either a hose or a dispenser for providing the fluid or a pump for receiving the pressure regulated fluid; the pressure regulator being dimensioned so as to allow it to be coupled to a pump arranged on a mounting panel having multiple pumps and fit or stay within the mounting panel and not protrude out; the quick-disconnect device having one or more O-rings; the quick-disconnect device having a locking clip; the pressure regulator controlling water, syrup or beverage flow; or some combination thereof.
The body member may also include a male end having an opening with a multiplicity of inner strengthening ribs circumferentially arranged therein to help prevent the male end from breaking off.
The present invention also includes a method featuring steps of providing such a pressure regulator having such a body member for regulating the pressure of such a fluid flowing therein, the body member having two such ends, one such end for receiving the fluid and another such end for providing pressure regulated fluid, and having at least one such end with such a quick-disconnect device; and coupling the quick-disconnect device to such a corresponding quick-disconnect device of such a pump for providing fluid flow.
The present invention also includes a pressure regulator and pump combination featuring such a pressure regulator having such a body member for regulating the pressure of a fluid flowing therein, the body member having two such ends, one such end for receiving the fluid and another such end for providing pressure regulated fluid, and having at least one such end with such a quick-disconnect device; and such a pump having such a corresponding quick-disconnect device for coupling to the quick-disconnect device of the pressure regulator.
Advantages of the present invention include eliminating the hose connection between the pump and pressure regulator that would otherwise be left to droop, be prone to breaking, make finding the right connections difficult for a mounted panel of such pumps, and result in undesirable liquid spills. The direct connection between the pressure regulator and pump also provides for better pressure regulation because there is less hose, while decreasing labor time when installing the configuration because there is no screwing/unscrewing of various parts, etc., which is being done in the prior art configuration. Moreover, according to some embodiments of the present invention, the new pressure regulator may be shorter by about 4 inches from known devices, which allows the regulator to stay within the known mounting panel and not protrude out, and therefore are much less likely to be broken or damaged. Furthermore, equipping both ends of the new pressure regulator with the quick disconnect devices allows multiple lines to stay organized so there is less likelihood of mistakes. Also, lines can be easily disconnected which will save time for services calls.
The drawing includes the following Figures:
The body member 12 regulates the pressure of a fluid flowing therein, has two ends generally indicated as 16 and 18, one end 16 for receiving the fluid and another end 18 for providing pressure regulated fluid.
The quick-disconnect device 14 a (i.e. male) and/or 14 b (i.e. female) are respectively arranged on ends 16 or 18 for coupling the body member 12 to a corresponding quick-disconnect device (not shown) that forms part of a device that either provides the fluid or receives the pressure regulated fluid. As shown in
By way of example, the pressure regulator 10 is shown having two quick-disconnect devices 14 a, 14 b, each quick-disconnect device being arranged on a respective end 16, 18 of the body member 12, although the scope of the invention is not intended to be limited to the use of two quick-disconnect devices. For example, embodiments are envisioned in which the pressure regulator has only one quick-disconnect device on one of the ends.
The quick-disconnect device may take the form of a male quick-disconnect device like element 14 a arranged on the port beverage for coupling to a corresponding female quick-disconnect device (not shown) that forms part of a pump 20 (
The quick-disconnect device may also take the form of a female quick-disconnect device like element 14 b for coupling to a corresponding male quick-disconnect device that forms part of either a hose 21 or dispenser (not shown) for providing the fluid. The quick-disconnect device 14 b may include a locking clip 19 c, as best shown in
Quick-disconnect devices like element 14 a, 14 b are known in the art, including the beverage industry. The scope of the invention is not intended to be limited to any particular type or kind thereof either now known or later developed in the future.
As best shown in
The pressure regulator may control water, syrup or beverage flow, although the scope of the invention is not intended to be limited to any particular type or kind of fluid being regulated.
As shown in
Body housing 12 a,
Diaphragm 12 b,
Spring 12 c,
Piston 12 d,
O-ring 12 e,
0-ring 12 f,
Retainer diaphragm 12 g,
Housing rear 12 h,
Check valve 12 i,
Seal ring retainer 12 j,
Outer retainer 12 k,
Seal ring 12 l,
⅛ circular push on ring 12 m, and
O-ring 12 n.
A person skilled in the art would appreciate how the parts cooperate to provide pressure regulation. Moreover, the inner regulator portion that forms part of the body member of the pressure regulator of the present invention is substantially similar to the inner regulator portion of the body member of the pressure regulator shown in
The quick-disconnect 102 also has a larger opening 106 than the opening 15 of the pressure regulator 10 in
The remaining parts of the pressure regulator 100 in
Possible applications include at least the following: Water, soda, or syrup dispenser pumps, as well as water pressure regulators, e.g. in recreational vehicle (RV) and the like.
It should be understood that, unless stated otherwise herein, any of the features, characteristics, alternatives or modifications described regarding a particular embodiment herein may also be applied, used, or incorporated with any other embodiment described herein. Also, the drawings herein are not drawn to scale.
Although the invention has been described and illustrated with respect to exemplary embodiments thereof, the foregoing and various other additions and omissions may be made therein and thereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention.
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|U.S. Classification||137/614.2, 251/148|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10T137/0396, Y10T137/86002, Y10T137/88054, F16L37/088, F16K1/123, G05D16/0655|
|European Classification||F16K1/12B, G05D16/06H8D, F16L37/088|
|Jun 3, 2008||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: ITT MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES, INC., DELAWARE
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Owner name: ITT MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES, INC., DELAWARE
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:REITTER, KLAUS;CALDWELL, GERARD K;BYRD, JON;SIGNING DATES FROM 20080424 TO 20080427;REEL/FRAME:021042/0916
|Mar 5, 2012||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: XYLEM IP HOLDINGS LLC, NEW YORK
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Effective date: 20111025
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